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St. Francis Dam disaster....



Item # 658448

March 14, 1928

THE NEW YORK TIMES, March 14, 1928 

* St. Francis dam disaster
* Los Angeles California area


The front page has a nice banner headline on the famous St. Francis Dam break with: "FLOOD DEATHS NEAR 1,000" with subheads. Nice for display. More on pages 2 & 3 with related photo. Five more related photos and map are on the back page. (see) The St. Francis Dam break was very controversial: see the Wikipedia information below.
Complete with all 46 pages, rag edition in very nice condition.

wikipedia notes: Three minutes before midnight on March 12, 1928, the St. Francis Dam catastrophically failed, less than 12 hours after Mulholland had inspected and declared it safe. There were no eyewitnesses to the dam's collapse, but a motorcyclist named Ace Hopewell rode past the dam and reported feeling a rumbling and the sound of "crashing, falling blocks," after riding about a half-mile upstream. He assumed this was either an earthquake or another one of the landslides common to the area, not realizing he was the last person to have seen the St. Francis Dam intact, and survive.
Twelve billion U.S. gallons (45 billion liters) of water surged down San Francisquito Canyon in a floodwave, demolishing the heavy concrete walls of Power Station Number Two (a hydroelectric power plant), and destroying everything else in its path. The flood traveled south down San Francisquito Canyon, flooding part of present-day Valencia and Newhall. The deluge then turned west into the Santa Clara River bed, flooding the towns of Castaic Junction, Fillmore, Bardsdale. The flood continued through Santa Paula in Ventura County, emptying its victims and debris into the Pacific Ocean at Montalvo, 54 miles (87 km) from the reservoir and dam site. When it reached the ocean at 5:30am, the flood was almost two miles (3 km) wide, traveling at a speed of 5 miles (8 km) per hour. Bodies of victims were recovered from the ocean, some as far south as the Mexican border.

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